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Mother's Day Flashback

A year or two after my daughter was born, on Mother's Day, a few of our friends and family got a big surprise on their front doorstep.  On the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser was a photo of me holding my baby girl.  First, it was a big surprise because I had moved away a year or two before my daughter was born.  Second, it wasn't just on the page but also on the color cover of the Mother's Day Special insert.  It was a nice surprise especially for my own mother.

(I have a history of not telling anyone when I or my family will be in publications, ads, or any media... I like having the surprised sound when they call me up to tell me when I or my family pop up in somthing they saw.)

Since then, that photo and others have popped up not only in Hawaii but in dfferent spots around the USA in calendars, real estate ads, special family events displays/ads, including the backs of a number of San Francisco city buses.

However, this was the first:


It's my baby girl and I.  She and her baby brother still make me smile, even when they make a mess or destroy things.  I always used to say I would never have kids.  Now, I can't imagine the person I would be without them.

I love my little monsters.


Cruising the backroads of America with my buddy Frank...

I'm a fan of the American Pickers and as a road trip joke my husband likes to look over at his passenger's seat at me and say, "I'm cruising the backroads of America with my buddy Frank."  I have no beard, however, I am quite a charmer, who loves to negotiate, bundle, and maybe throw in a little nibble. (Only Picker fans will get that. Lol.)

On our way to celebrate our kids birthdays in Southern California we did take a little detour from our usual route to visit The Bottle Tree Ranch.  Why not? Roadtrips are meant to have unplanned stops.  Nowadays, people seemed so rushed to do things, capture it digitally, share it, and then people move on to rush to the next thing.  I want my kids to enjoy moments, even little kooky ones.

This was only a quick stop, but it was different.

However, it is a little inspirational.  As we left and after our kids fell back asleep, we could not stop talking about ideas we had for our own roadtrip stop that we would create.  Most were throw away ideas about giant adult sculptures, but hey, it was an interested conversation.   

The Bottle Tree Ranch is free to visit and take photos.  Tips are appreciated.    




I miss you Frankie Angel...




Resolution: Skin #NOTICETHELOTUS

I can honestly admit I haven't given my skin the best care for hmmm, most of my life.  My perspective on my skin care changed a few years ago.  I turned 30, and although my wrinkles were barely noticeable, I knew I should start taking care of myself and my skin.  I also realized that my sensitive skin reactions weren't so minor but actually allergic reactions to dyes and other synthetic ingredients. (I also have bad reactions to synthetics in food, but let's focus on skin products.)

This is where derma e comes in.  Derma e  uses natural ingredients along with cruelty-free green chemistry.  Their message states, " Everything we do considers the health of you skin, the health of the planet and our overall passion for health and wellness."  Basically, derma e is skin care that cares.

If you want to give your skin and yourself the much deserved love and care, start the year off by a quick trip to Target for some derma e skin care products.

I was extremely excited to give a few derma e products a try. For 7 days I used 4 derma ebeauty products.  I was impressed most by the Firming DMAE Eye Lift.  I am not gonna lie and say my wrinkles were erased instantly, however, after a few days there was a noticeable difference.  The skin around my eyes looked smoother, brighter, and a bit tighter.  As if I had a great night's sleep.  Obviously I did not have a great night's sleep being that I tried these products starting  a few days before Christmas and I have an 8 year old and 4 year old who desperately need my full attention at the same time!

Also during this derma eproducts testing week I used their Hydrating Night Creme, Hydrating Day Creme, and the Firming DMAE Moisturizer.  After a full week of using these products my skin is softer and brighter, my skin tone is more even, and the texture is most definitely smoother and supple.  All the products I used felt light on my skin and blended easily into my skin.  A plus is that I actually liked the smell of the products, the scent is very light.  The Hydrating Night Creme definitely made my skin feel amazing in the morning.

After using these products I feel more comfortable and confident with my skin.  Being that I have had skin reactions in the past, I love love love that I can feel safe using derma eproducts.  Although I was given samples of these products for review, I will actually buy them at Target for myself as well as gifts for others.  My husband is actually a big fan of the Hydrating Night Creme for himself.

The best part of this all is that these awesome derma eproducts will be available at Target! The fact that derma e will be sold in Target means you can having amazing skin using natural ethical products at afforable prices!

This year resolve to give your skin some actual care with derma e!

#NOTICETHELOCTUS at Target in 2016...derma e has arrived!

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